Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas had a powerful message for lots of who might be planning to enter the United States illegally: do not.

Speaking to reporters all through the Texas border metropolis of Del Rio, the place tons of of Haitian migrants have crossed into the U.S. and manage camp beneath the International Bridge, Mayorkas talked about individuals who assume the U.S. has open borders will uncover that they’re sorely mistaken within the occasion that they arrive correct proper right here illegally.

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“If you come to the United States illegally, you will be returned. Your journey will not succeed and you will be endangering your life and your family’s lives,” Mayorkas talked about. “This administration is committed to developing safe, orderly and humane pathways for migration. This is not the way to do it.”

Mayorkas outlined quite a few the methods all through which the Biden administration is addressing the present disaster. These embrace securing further transportation for return flights to Haiti and completely completely different locations with the hopes of getting one to three flights per day. The authorities might also be making an attempt to care for the humanitarian issues on the underside by offering presents, water and moveable loos.

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While the administration is making an attempt to defend illegal immigrants who’re already in Del Rio, residing in poor circumstances all via a pandemic, Mayorkas emphatically tried to discourage completely completely different migrants from coming to the U.S.

“We are very concerned that Haitians who are taking this irregular migration path are receiving false information that the border is open or that Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is available,” Mayorkas talked about. While some Haitians profit from TPS safety, Mayorkas clarified later that that is just for these in the meanwhile all through the U.S. who arrived prior to July 29.

“I want to make sure that it is known that this is not the way to come to the United States. That is false information,” Mayorkas reiterated. “Irregular migration poses a serious security risk to the migrants themselves. Trying to enter the United States illegally is not worth the tragedy, the money or the effort.”